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Jonathan Emmett

Author Jonathan Emmett shares resources related to the award winning How the Borks Became: An Adventure in Evolution.

You can find out more about Jonathan and his books at his web site and follow him on Twitter at @scribblestreet.

Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

The authors behind All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, share some innovative teaching ideas to be used alongside the reading of the book.

You can find out more about Jason by visiting his website, and Brendan by visiting

Jeffrey Boakye

Jeffrey Boakye is a writer, teacher and music enthusiast originally from Brixton, London. He has two published books, Hold Tight and Black, Listed. He is also the co-author of What is Masculinity? Why Does it Matter? And Other Big Questions. Jeffrey lives in East Yorkshire with his wife and two sons.

Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs will be published in June 2021.

Kristyna Baczynski

Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer. Freelancing from her studio in Leeds, UK she creates comics, prints and designs for her own business, as well as commercial projects for a wide range of clients that include Etsy, Twitter and Arté.

Kristyna's comics are published internationally, and have been recognised multiple times by The British Comic Awards and The Eisner Awards.

Joelle Taylor

Hear an exclusive performance of ‘the correct spelling on my name’ from poet Joelle Taylor and pick up some top tips for starting to write and perform your own slam poems.

Kate Wakeling

Hear the fastest possible reading of Kate’s poem ‘Moon Juice’ and exclusive performances of her other inspiring works. Take up the challenge to write your own list-poem. What little known facts about yourself could you put in your poem? Are your feet jet-powered? Can you secretly communicate with dogs and bats? Follow Kate’s tips to come up with your own super-powered poem.

Pete Kalu

Explore poetry and place with Pete Kalu. Learn three different techniques for writing place-poems and hear special performances of Pete’s poetry.

Joe Lillington

Explore Toby and the Ice-Giants with Joe Lillington, and learn how to draw your very own woolly mammoth!